Rhymes with reason: Feminist rappers battle hip-hop misogny

Girl power: Feminist rappers Uncle Meg and Miss Eaves are each dropping a new album on the same day, and they want you to come to the Williamsburg release party on Sept. 18.
Photo by Jason Speakman

It is a girl’s world.

Two Brooklyn female hip-hop artists will each drop new albums at a Williamsburg release party on Sept. 18, joining forces to slam misogyny and flaunt their individuality. The rappers, whose pro-woman tracks deal with cat-calling, objectification, and that time of the month, say they want to create a feminist haven in a male-dominated industry.

“We’re trying to make it a safe space for women creating rap and feminists creating rap,” said Bedford-Stuyvesant rapper Miss Eaves, who will host the release party to celebrate her new album “Black Valley.” Eaves invited genderqueer rapper and fellow feminist champion Uncle Meg to open the show with a sampling of her new solo effort “Dangerfield.”

The artists both rap loud and proud about womanhood from the platform of personal experience, shedding light on the diversity of the female experience. Miss Eaves spat rhymes about street harassment in last year’s viral hit “Aye Girl,” and calls out rampant misogyny in the music industry in her video “TNT,” which satirizes the “male gaze” by objectifying men and putting women in positions of power. Uncle Meg’s tracks deal with girl-on-girl romance and emphasize raw self-expression rather than calling out specific cultural issues, but says that she and Miss Eaves are both in the truth-telling business.

“I know she’s real as hell and I am too,” said Uncle Meg, whose new video “Uncle Freestyle” is an unapologetic declaration of the rapper’s identity and cartoonish aesthetic, complete with a dancing cat figure designed by local artist Vicky Healy, who goes by Meltycat.

Miss Eaves agrees that the music is best when it comes from the core, and both artists fly the feminist flag by speaking to issues that hit close to home.

“Misogyny pisses me off, and I really believe in the equality of sexes and races — I’m against ageism, everything,” she said. “I feel the best music that I make is music that is true and honest, and these issues are things that affect me on a personal level.”

Miss Eaves CD Release Party with Uncle Meg, Lil’ Reignbo, and Edith Pop at Muchmore’s [2 Havemeyer St. at N. Ninth Street in Williamsburg, (718) 576-3222, www.muchmoresnyc.com]. Sept. 18 at 9 pm. Free.

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at ahobbs@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8312.

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